Date & Location: Monday, February 28, 2022 at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
How to Watch: Bally Sports Sun, NBC Sports Chicago, NBA League Pass
The top two teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference face off on Monday night in Miami when the 40-21 Miami Heat meet the 39-22 Chicago Bulls.
This is the last game of the month for both clubs. The Heat have gone 8-2 in February and are on a three-game winning streak. Miami defeated San Antonio on Saturday. The Bulls are 8-4 in February. Chicago is coming off a 116-110 loss to Memphis on Saturday. The setback ended the team’s six game winning streak.
Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat Odds
Chicago is currently the eighth best scoring team in the NBA with an average of 112.6 points per game. The Bulls do not play as well on the road as they do at home. They are 24-9 at home and 15-13 when they are the visiting team. Chicago’s scoring dips to 109.7 points per game on the road, which is 10th best in the league.
DeMar DeRozan is having an MVP-quality season for Chicago. The 32-year-old is in his first season with the Bulls. On Saturday he had 31 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one block and two steals on 42 minutes played. DeRozan’s 31 points put him past the 30-point line for the 10th time this season. DeRozan has averaged 35.5 points per game in February. He is shooting at 55.9 percent from the field and connecting at a rate of 43.5 percent on his three point tries.
Zach Lavine is the second highest scorer on the Bulls. He is the only other Chicago player who is averaging more than 20 points per game with 24.6. Nikola Vucevic is also a player to watch for Chicago. He leads the team in rebounds (11/7), steals (1.0) and blocks (1.2).
The Miami Heat are the No. 16 scoring team in the NBA with an average of 109.4 points per game. Miami moves up to No. 13 when playing at home with an average of 110.7 points per game. Where Miami excels is keeping their opponents from scoring. The Heat hold teams to 104.8 points per game at home, which is fifth best in the NBA. Miami has a 20-7 record at home.
Miami got one of their top scorers, Tyler Herro back on Friday. Herro had missed four of the team’s five previous games. Herro has averaged 20.2 points per game this season. He played more than 30 minutes on Friday and Saturday and scored 25 points in a win over the Knicks and 27 in a victory against the Spurs.
Jimmy Butler is leading the Heat in scoring this season. The 32-year-old averages 21.9 points per game.
Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry are also big contributors for Miami. Adebayo is averaging 19 points per game. His play against the Spurs might have been his best game of the season. He had 36 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals against San Antonio. Lowry leads Miami in assists (7.9) and steals (1.2). He had his first double-double in nearly two weeks on Saturday.
The Bulls and the Heat have met twice this season. In the first matchup, the Heat won a close 107-104 game. That game took place on November 27 in Chicago. The second meeting of these two clubs during the 2021-22 season, Miami cruised to a 118-92 win.
Gabe Vincent led the Heat in scoring in the November game. He put up 20 points, coming off the bench in playing 31 minutes. Chicago’s high scorer was DeMar DeRozan, who started the game. DeRozan played 41 minutes and put up 28 points.
In the December game, starter Zach Lavine scored 33 points in 38 minutes in a losing effort for Chicago. Meanwhile, Duncan Robinson, who started the game for Miami and played 27 minutes, led the Head with 26 points.
Expect a competitive game between these two teams, but I think Miami is playing as the more complete team and the home-court advantage will play a part.
Pick: Miami to beat Chicago.
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